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The well-known brand of arcade sticks and accessories, Mad Catz, is facing some severe financial struggles which may result in closure, GameSpot says.
Failing to meet a monthly fail-safe target as set by it's credit lender, Wells Fargo, Mad Catz warned its investors of an unclear future. Wells Fargo waived this violation on June 23, opening a new agreement which will be upheld until July 31, 2016. Reportedly losing money over the last three years, Mad Catz stated that it will need "significant contributions from anticipated sales of products related to the Rock Band 4 video game" in order to continue operating.
With Rock Band 4 set to be the make or break for Mad Catz, the stakes are high but the hopes are not, with it explained that all of this uncertainty raises "substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern." Speaking to Game Informer, Mad Catz announced a $20 million loan initially, set for a possible increase to $35 million from September, all to ensure a smooth Rock Band 4 launch.
Now listed as discontinued, Tt eSPORTS pushed heavily into the clothing scene in the recent past with its Chao series of clothing options - brandishing interesting Tt dragon designs and covering a series of options ranging from shirts to jackets and more.
In a recent newsletter sent by Astro, they too are looking to entice gamers into clothing purchases with its 50% off sale on particular items. Excluding promotional items, this sale covers shirts, zip hoodies, crew sweatshirts and more - marking a possible new age in peripheral business.
With so many different peripheral brands now on the market, there is only so much you can do in order to make your headset, keyboard or mouse stand out from the crowd - maybe cool clothing designs is a way to help win over some new customers? You decide.
If money is on your mind, Sharkoon has set out to create a package option for you as announced through a recent press release. The SHARK ZONE M51+ gaming mouse comes complete with a bungee USB hub, LED lighting and an Avago sensor all for $53.22 US (47.99 Euros).
The M51 is powered by an Avago ADNS-9800 laser sensor, comes complete with an illuminated logo, rubber coating, 11 programmable buttons, a 4-way scroll wheel and a changeable weight system. Through the utilization of on-board memory, this product connects to your PC through a braided cable and gold-plated USB port in order to store your macros for later use.
The SHARK ZONE MB10 Bungee hub features a flexible arm and four USB 2.0 ports located within. Illuminated by a yellow LED glow, this hub can also be purchased separately for $20 US (17.99 Euros).
Designed as a cloth mousepad with a slightly more resistant surface for control purposes, ROCCAT's new Taito Control mousepad further comes bundled with stitched edges in order to prevent fraying and surface-lift.
Complete with a 3mm thickness, this ROCCAT blue mousepad sets out to last a little longer for all gamers, described in a recent press release as bringing "the style and the substance" that we all need.
Set for release immediately at a price of $16.99 USD, this well-priced mousepad is sized at 400 x 320mm.
"It's very exciting for me to start developing products that we can call our own" explained Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño, captain of Origen gaming and the lead designer of a new mousepad collaboration with Ozone gaming. "This mousepad offers exactly what we need: a surface with a high level of resistance and accuracy which delivers a perfect performance" continued xPeke, happy with the release on offer.
In order to show further support for the gaming scene, specifically League of Legends, Ozone Gaming has worked together with xPeke and his Origen LCS team in order to design a new team-branded mousepad, simply titled 'ORIGEN'. Featuring a standard anti-slip rubber base and a large size of 450x400x4mm, it's also worth noting that this mousepad sits at 0.5mm-1mm thicker than many others on the market.
It's often that peripheral brands will release a limited run of products brandishing sponsored team logos, giving the team a cut of the sales made. It's not confirmed that Origen will be receiving funding from Ozone due to this partnership, but we would like to know for certain either way.
There has been some similar products hit the shelves thanks to Razer and Tt eSPORTS in the recent past and now it seems Das Keyboard has hit the scene and turned it up a notch with an announcement of the Das Keyboard Gaming Sling.
This product isn't anything too new, but the re-announcement comes about due to a large 65% discount being run online right now. This product, explained by Das to be "your number one defense against damage on the go," will fit within your keyboard and other peripherals alongside accessories, cables and even Windows backup CD's - just in case!
Sitting at $75, this protective case is made out of weather-resistant ballistic nylon and certainly isn't a suit-everyone design. However, if you're constantly heading to LANs and are looking for an alternative to something like Tt eSPORTS' dragon bag - it isn't a bad investment.
Featuring a 32-bit ARM based CPU coupled with 512kb of flash memory, EASARS' RGB mechanical keyboard packs a 1,000 Hz polling rate, a gold-plated USB connection, no ghosting and a 16 million color RGB LED backlight.
In addition to these features are mechanical switches rated at 50 million clicks, however, there is no mention if these keys are Cherry or another brand. Self-claimed as a lightweight design, this keyboard offers a tenkeyless design - doing away with the numpad for a smaller package.
Keys can be remapped in EASARS' 'flare' software, also controlled through the profile switch on the keyboard - enabling you to scroll through five pre-set profiles in total.
The more, the merrier is Tesoro's slogan as it announced the "Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons" in a press release today.
Complete with 35 macro keys across five gaming profiles, this mouse can store an impressive 1600 recordable actions through its six thumb buttons and four other buttons. Complete with adjustable DPI, a 1000Hz polling rate and a multicolor LED illumination effect, also featured are Omron gaming switches, 8200 maximum DPI and support for up to 30g of acceleration.
Connected to your PC through a braided cable and a gold-plated USB connection, the Thyrsus comes bundled with Tesoro's upgraded UI and will hit the shelves this August for $69.
If you're looking for something to add to your complete gamer collection or mobile laptop gaming station, Razer has just announced its new Chroma version of the Tartarus Gaming Keypad - set to provide users with extra functionality and frags in their favorite games.
Complete with 25 programmable keys and a Chroma 16.8 million color lighting setup, there's the addition of an 8-way directional thumb-pad and ergonomic wrist-rest to round out the whole package.
Personalized lighting, macros and more can all be set up through Razer's Synapse.
E3 2015 - Gaming peripheral and hardware company Razer has introduced the Razer Mamba, the most advanced gaming mouse in the world.
The mouse has a new 5G laser sensor that can track up to 16,000 DPI, and is being promoted by Razer as the most precise laser sensor in the world. In addition, the Razer Mamba has the Adjustable Click Force Technology, so each individual player can adjust the level of click force needed on the left and right mouse buttons.
The Razer Mamba will be available during Q3 with a $149.99 MSRP.